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Certificate Saga: Professors Tender Exhibits Against Gov Obaseki In Court

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Two University Professors, Emmanuel Dele Balogun and Maikano Asekomhe have testified against the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The Professors tendered exhibits, which include their original Degree Certificates to court.

Obaseki is in court defending an alleged certificate forgery suit instituted against him by his former political party, the All Progressives Congress APC.

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The Professors, who graduated at the University of Ibadan along with the Governor, submitted the certificates for the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to compare and contrast in order to arrive at a just conclusion in the suit.

While Balogun graduated from the Agricultural Economics Department in 1979, the same year Obaseki claimed to have also graduated, Asekomhe graduated studied Banking and Finance in the same school and graduated in 1978.

The duo, who were led in evidence by the lawyer to the APC, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN, also faulted the entry qualifications of three credits in Ordinary Level WAEC and two credits in Advanced Level allegedly used by the Governor to gain direct entry admission to the University in 1976.

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They said that such lower qualifications were never accepted by the institution for direct entry for admission.

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The Professors, however, stunned the law court when they said that they have never seen the Governor’s certificate in their life.

While under cross examination by Chief Ken Mozia SAN, the Professors also said that they were not competent in law to make comments on the certificate they have never seen.

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They said that their evidence were based on the photocopy of documents made available to them by the APC, and further admitted that they have never worked at the admission department of the University of Ibadan.

Obaseki will on Tuesday (today) open his defense at the court.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed on Monday adjourned hearing in the suit to Tuesday.

READ ALSO: Obaseki Seeks Improved Collaboration With Churches As Edo PFN Inaugurates New Executive

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Recall that Governor Obaseki, prior to his second term election, had dumped the APC after the party disqualified him from running in its primary election, citing certificate forgery.

The Governor then decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where he contested and won the election defeating APC’s Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

(DAILY POST)

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Four Suspected Cultists Arrested With Arms In Edo

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The Edo State Police Command says it has arrested four suspected cultists.

The suspects arrested were Isioma Unwogo, 21, Godstime Imareigbe, 32, Apeleokha Raymond, 28, and Mutar Igie, 30.

Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, said the suspects were arrested during a stop-and-search operation.

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He said the suspects were arrested in Ahor, a community along the Benin-Lagos bypass and on the Benin-Auchi Road, respectively.

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The command’s spokesperson said Isioma was arrested with one cut-to-size gun and a live cartridge by operatives of the Ahor Police Station Division on patrol.

The other three suspects were arrested when police operatives intercepted a Toyota Camry with registration number ABC 265 RA, and upon a search, they recovered a pistol concealed inside the vehicle’s bonnet.

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SP Nwabuzor alleged that the suspects confessed to being members of a secret cult group in the state.

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Reps Ask NERC, DISCOs To Reverse Band A Tariff Hike

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the distribution companies, DISCOs, to reverse the tariff hike for Band A customers immediately.

This resolution was reached after the adoption of a report presented by the House Committee on Power.

Chairman of the Committee Victor Nwokolo who presented the report, stated that Nigerians cannot afford the new tariff.

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The Committee recommended a return to the status quo.

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The recommendations were adopted by the Committee of the Whole, after which it was passed.

Further investigation into the tariff hike is to be conducted by the House.

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The NERC in April announced a hike affecting Band A customers, who are to pay N225 per kilowatt.

According to the regulatory commission Band A subscribers would have at least 20 hours of power supply per day

It also explained that only electricity customers in Band A would be affected by the increase.

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At the time, it said only 15 per cent of the electricity consumers were affected by the hike, however, the decision generated negative reactions since its announcement.

“We currently have 800 feeders that are categorised as Band A, but it will now be reduced to under 500. This means that 17 per cent now qualify as Band-A feeders. These feeders only service 15 per cent of total electricity customers connected to the feeders,” NERC Vice Chairman, Musliu Oseni said on April 3.

“The commission has issued an order which is titled April supplementary order and the commission allows a 235 kilowatt per hour.”

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Otuaro Visits Edo/Delta Liaison Office, Declares PAP Apolitical

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The administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Dr. Dennis Otuaro, has declared that the interventionist programme is a nonpartisan agency, adding that it is unaffiliated with any political party or person.

Otuaro spoke when he paid an official visit to the Edo/Delta Liaison Office in Warri recently where he urged employees working at the office to refrain from discussing politics.

He further admonished the liaison office management not to utilize the space as a haven for issues of any kind.

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The PAP administrator, while describing the liaison office as the first point of call for delegates, charged them to handle concerns from delegates with uttermost professionalism.

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He further charged them to make sure that everything done in the office enhances and maintains peace in the Niger Delta region.

He noted that they must assist the Federal Government in preserving law and order as well as the states within the liaison office’s jurisdiction.

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He said all activities carried out at the liaison office must support the head office in maintaining and advancing the peace in the Niger Delta region, adding that the programme’s main goal is to maintain peace and order.

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In his response, the liaison office manager, Capt. Presley Prebor, while expressing gratitude to the administrator for thinking it appropriate to stop by the liaison office, said Otuaro’s presence would provide the employees more motivation and self-assurance in performing their own tasks at the workplace.

He seized the avenue to list out some of the needs of the liaison office.

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Some of the persons who accompanied the PAP administrator are: PAP Technical Adviser, Mr. Daniel Edgar Biu; General Manager, Operations, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, Godfrey Tare Pondi; Chief Ebimobowei Oguma, S.A to the Administrator; Chief Moses Bebenimibo; Engr. Ebikonde Victor Sokoto; Chief Fezigha Odu, among others.

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